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Lewis United crowned cup champions after edging out Elite FC

Elite FC 0

Lewis United 1

Hendry 59
  • Sunday, 20 May 2018
  • Colony Park
  • Under 13´s
  • ADJFA U13s Regional Trophy

It was a goal from Aiden Hendry late in the second half which separated the two teams as Lewis United went on to lift the ADJFA U13s Regional Trophy after beating Elite FC at Colony Park. The game was destined to be a tight affair, with both teams looking a bit nervous due to the cup final atmosphere.

These pre-match nerves were reflected upon the first half; with the play being very much end-to-end as neither team could get a firm grasp of the game. As a result of this chances were held to a minimum by two solid defences that were not easily broken down.

The chances which did come never threatened either keeper to a significant extent. A shot from Elite’s Tyler Reid took a deflection off a defender and could have misled Lewis’ Cameron Middleton but he showed good awareness to catch the ball.

Lewis came closest to scoring in the first half as a cross from Hendry was put out for a corner after being cleared by Josh Buchan in the Elite defence. It was taken by Guilherme Barbosa who found Harvey Yeats who was unlucky to see his shot deflected out and over the bar.

As the first half drew to a close both teams were still firmly in with a chance of winning. There had been plenty of battling between the two teams but both still had an abundance of talent left to show.

  • Half Time:
  • Elite FC
  • 0-0
  • Lewis United

Right from the start of the second half, both teams seemed to be revitalised. Getting used to the cup final atmosphere, the nerves of the players appeared to die down, allowing for them to play to their full potential.

The first real chance of the half came from Lewis midfielder Luca Michie. His shot from a tight angle skipped across the face of the goal but went just wide of the far post.

Elite had their own share of chances as Owen Robert McKenzie picked the ball in the opposition penalty area. Curling it towards the top right hand corner, he forced a good save from Middleton who managed to collect the ball and quell the danger.

Just minutes later Elite almost found themselves in front after a brilliant cross from Reid was swung in towards the back post. Max Innes was stretching to reach the shot as he was unmarked but was unable to turn the chance in, skewing his effort slightly wide of the post.

However, it was Lewis who were to open the score soon after. Played in one on one with Elite keeper Louis Amann, Hendry shot low and hard. Amann saved the initial effort but was powerless to stop him from regaining possession and tapping the ball into the net despite pressure from Reid who did his best to race back and hinder the attempt.

Elite managed to keep the game alive, particularly thanks to Amann who pulled off a good save to keep them in the game. Attacker Cody White went one on one with Amann but this time he would not be beaten, getting down quickly to save the shot and keep his team in the game.

In the end, it was Lewis who lifted the trophy after showing great character and determination to persevere through what was a tough game on a boiling hot day. Their desire to win came through in their play as they never stopped trying to find the winner. It must also be said that Elite put in an impressive performance and can be proud of the way in which they showed themselves throughout proceedings.

Congratulations to champions Lewis United and many thanks to both teams for putting on an entertaining game worthy of being a cup final.

  • Full Time:
  • Elite FC
  • 0-1
  • Lewis United

Lineups

Elite FC
Lewis United
1. Louis Amann
2. Stephen Peters
3. Tyler Reid
4. Inness Paton
5. Josh Buchan
6. Sean Dickie
7. Max Innes
8. Jackson Sweeny
9. Cody Whyte
10. Owen Robert McKenzie
11. Dean McDonald
12. Lennon Brown
14. Jay Neill
1. Cameron Middleton
2. Craig Jamieson
3. Joseph Robinson-Powell
5. Connor Sibbald
6. Clark Sharp
7. Aiden Hendry
8. Drew McDermid
9. Guilherme Barbosa
10. Harvey Yeats
12. Daniel Parker
14. Charlie Henderson
15. Luca Michie
16. Clark Carroll
Star Player
Elite FC
Lewis United
Star Player for Elite FC was Tyler Reid. He played with a real dogged determination in his role at left back. Very seldom was he beaten and when he was, he always worked hard to track back and cover the ground, with a few moments of attacking flourish topping of his performance.
Star Player for Lewis United was Drew McDermid. It was a classic midfield display from McDermid who seemed to control that area of the park for long periods of the game. He showed good attacking prowess to take the game forwards and was always involved when his side looked most threatening.
Magic Moment
Elite FC
Lewis United
Magic Moment for Elite FC was Louis Amann’s save late on in the game. It was the type of moment which could have spurred his side onto a comeback. Although it was not to be, his fantastic save one on one kept his team in with a fighting chance right until the final whistle blew.
Magic Moment for Lewis United was Aiden Hendry’s winning goal. A cool and composed finish whilst under great pressure, this is likely a goal that he will remember for a long time. Scoring the winner in a cup final is a tremendous feat and was the key moment in separating the two teams.
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